Whale Watching Vallarta Tour Info
- Am I guaranteed to see a whale?
Yes, we have a whale sightings guarantee, however no one can predict whale behavior. We are dealing with nature, so it will probably happen some day that we cannot find any whales. In that case we do offer complimentary trips (on a standby basis) until whales are seen (valid December 1 -March 23). We want all of our guests to see the wonderful whales of Vallarta and to have a great experience!
- What is the best time of the day to see the whales?
Ask the biologists! We see whales on all of the tour times. There is no correlation between time of day and seeing whales.
If you want a better chance to see whales breaching, mating competitions, or other acrobatic activity we recommend booking two or more tours a few days between each as we have found the activity levels to rise and fall every few days or so as new whales arrive and the marine mammal dynamic in the area changes.
- How long is a tour?
Whale Watch Vallarta offers 3 hour long Whale Watching Tours. Private whale watching tours are also available and start at $299 for 1 guest (+$50 per additional guest) for 3 hours – we can also customize a Private Boat Whale Watching tour for additional hours.
- Is my camera safe from moisture on the boat?
YES (and NO), many clients bring cameras but we cannot guarantee you or your camera will stay entirely dry while at sea. Our staff will be shooting images to support whale conservation in Puerto Vallarta and we include these photos FREE for our Guests. The tours photos are uploaded to Drop Box for you to download and share.
- How far does the boat go to see whales?
This changes on each trip, we try to find the most receptive whales not being watched by many other boats. Often this means we may travel a bit further than most whale watching tour companies, but we know going the extra distance usually equates to better, more natural encounters.
- Is there an English and Spanish speaking Whale Biologist on board?
Yes, all of our Nuevo Vallarta whale watching trips are led by one of our Marine Biologists. They are there to answer your questions about the whales during your trip. We specialize in fun, non-invasive, informational tours which we hope will enhance your experience. We love our job and enjoy introducing new people to the wonderful whales of Puerto Vallarta!
- How do I make a reservation?
The easiest way is to book directly online. This allows you to see what dates and times are available and to book immediately guaranteeing your desired date/time. You can also give us a call; toll free from the USA/Canada 1 800 371 3002 or in Mexico 329 298 3730.
- Do I need to book in advance?
Highly recommended as we specialize in small groups with a maximum of 10 adult guests. We recommend booking in advance to make sure the times and dates you prefer are available.
- What should I wear on my whale watch tour?
Dress warmer for the morning tours! We advise you to wear comfortable light clothing and a light jacket, keeping in mind that you may get a little wet or even a proper soaking, depending on the weather. Puerto Vallarta is known for sunny days, therefore we also advise you to bring a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen. The boat does have plenty of shade, but the suns reflection on the sea is still very strong.
- What if I get seasick?
If you are susceptible to motion sickness we advise you to take preventative steps before the tour. We are going out on a 32 foot boat, so there will be some motion on the ocean.
- Are guests allowed to bring snacks and drinks on the tour?
Yes, you are more than welcome to bring your own snacks and drinks (alcohol is forbidden by Mexican Whale Watching Regulations). We provide bottled water.
- Are there any health/age restrictions?
We do not recommend pregnant women or people with recent surgery or back problems to go out on a whale watching tour. Families with infants or children with no experience on small boats we strongly recommend a private boat Puerto Vallarta whale watching tour so we can adjust our tour to what is best suited for your children/family.
Puerto Vallarta Whale Info
- What types of Whales do we see?
Every Whale Watch tour is a unique experience and the sightings vary, but typically we see adult Humpbacks throughout the season. Occasionally Bryde’s Whales are also encountered, throughout the season.
- What time of year is best to see the whales?
The number of whales in the Vallarta area peaks in late January through early March. The baby Humpbacks start to be seen around mid January.
- How close do you get to the whales?
The whales are protected by Mexican Whale Watching Regulations. We operate 32 foot boats, which allows us to be closer to the whales than larger boats for a more intimate experience. We typically travel a ways to try and find whales on their own for a more natural and less invasive encounter. When and if inquisitive whales swim over to our boat, as it happens on many trips, it is an unforgettable experience.
- Why do the whales come to Banderas Bay, Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico?
These whales are returning home, to the place of their birth. When here they spend their time interacting, competing in mating heat runs, singing, giving birth, nursing their young, teaching baby Humpbacks the joy of life!
- Where do the whales go to?
The Humpback whales travel over 4000 miles every summer from their home in Banderas Bay, Puerto Vallarta to their feeding grounds that range from Alaska to British Columbia and the Pacific coast of the US.
- Will I see baby whales on your trips?
More than likely you will see mother whales with their calves if you are here from February to the end of the season in late March. During their visit to the Puerto Vallarta the whales are calving or breeding. Mothers are frequently seen teaching their new born calf different behaviors like fin slapping, breaching and spy hopping.